By Basil Roman | The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival known as DACA was implemented by the Obama Administration to provide children who were brought to the US by parents before the age of 16 and were offered deferred status from deportation for 2 years at a time to go to school or to work. This applied to over 800,000 persons.

The program provided in a humanitarian way, a path out of the darkness, shadow and uncertainty of illegal immigration. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in his element on Tuesday September 5 when he announced the rescinding of DACA. You could hear the delight in his voice when he announced the decision. He lied about DACA in every which way.

They were criminals – but all records show they are less likely to commit a crime; they are taking jobs from Amercan citizens. and an all economic analysis says this is not the case. They are endangering the US, so far from the truth. The facts are 95% of all DACA applicants are working or in school; 63% have jobs above the average wage and 54% bought their first home. These are precisely the kind of people a growing economy needs. Mark Zuckerbeg, CEO of Facebook got it right when he said “This is a sad day for our country. The decision to end DACA is not just wrong, it is particularly cruel to offer young people the American Dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government and then punish them for it.

Former President Barack Obama defended DACA calling Trump’s decision political. He said, “To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. Ultimately, this is about basic decency” said Obama. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It is about who we are as a people”.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said “It’s simply wrong to needlessly target hard working young adults in order to score political points.” Jeff Sessions played a well-established role for him as bigoted and racist. He has a long history of this, which led Coretta Scott King to remark that he had no place in public office. Trump’s agenda of division and playing to his white supremacist base, is more and more evident.

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement on Donald Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals -DACA program on March 5,2018 “This reckless and cruel decision constitutes a vicious attack on hundreds of thousands of young women and men who want to attend college, find jobs, and participate in our civil society. Their contributions - and the contributions of all immigrants - to this nation are enormous, and will only increase in the coming years. Donald Trump has chosen, however, to punish them, in a misguided effort to undermine the proud legacy of President Obama and to satisfy anti-immigrant white supremacists who are afraid of our modern, diverse nation. Throughout the history of the United States, there are decisions we have come to regret. I am certain that future generations will deeply regret this terrible decision as well. We therefore have a shared responsibility to resist this policy. I urge my colleagues in Congress to enact legislation restoring the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in a manner consistent with the best of our history and values.”

Statement from Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez re President Trump’s decision to revoke DACA.

President Trump’s decision to revoke DACA is an affront to everything we stand for in Brooklyn, where one third of all residents are immigrants. It will tear apart families and communities, while forcing young people to live in the shadows—an action that could have real consequences for Brooklyn’s public safety. “With our first-in-the-nation Immigration Unit, we are working to avoid triggering unnecessary and harmful deportations. And we are sending a message that no immigrant in our community should ever fear interacting and cooperating with law enforcement because of the threat of being deported. I stand with New York leaders like Governor Cuomo, Attorney General Schneiderman, and Mayor de Blasio in vigorously opposing this policy, and I will work with them where appropriate to protect the countless young people in Brooklyn whose lives are affected by it.”

Statement by George Gresham, President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, on ending of DACA.

“President Donald Trump has made several destructive decisions during his nearly eight months in office. Few, however, are as cruel and damaging as the destruction of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This program has provided renewable, twoyear work permits to undocumented immigrants who have lived in this country since they were children and often only know the United States as home. They’re called Dreamers, but President Trump has created a nightmare for these nearly 800,000 people, most of whom have made positive contributions to the U.S.

Destroying DACA serves no measurable purpose, and is opposed by the great majority of American people. The Trump Administration seems determined to tear apart the very fabric our country was built upon, along with every signature program President Obama spear-headed during his eight years in office. The 400,000 healthcare workers with 1199SEIU know full well the harm ending DACA will cause members of our own families. We stand with Governor Cuomo, Attorney General Schneiderman, Mayor de Blasio and all people of conscience in vowing to fight against this politically-driven action, which will rob our country of talent, break apart families and result only in hurt.”